Three individuals are reported missing after drowning in the sea in Kochchama, Ambalantota this morning.
Police said a group of four persons were dipping their feet in the water when they were swept away by a strong tide.
An 18-year-old among the group was rescued.
A 55-year-old mother, her 16-year-old son, and a 22-year-old relative were swept away by the tide and have been missing since.
Police said search operations are underway.
The group, residents of Deniyaya, were visiting relatives this morning and also engaged in religious observances in view of Poson Poya.